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Published in the Interest of the Valle Crucis Associate Mission 
in the District of Asheville 

Vol. IV. 

March, 1911. 

No. 1 



This issue of the Quarterly is 
devoted almost entirely to the in- 
terests of the Mission at Glendale 
Springs, and becomes in fact a 
specific appeal for a final effort to 
secure the amount needed to com- 
plete the Building Fund for the 
Mission House at this particular 
station. Just twelve months ago, 
in February^ the manager of the 
Quarterly sent out about a thous- 
and printed letters, asking for one 
dollar from each of the branches 
of the Woman's Auxiliary receiv- 
ing the appeal. 

In reply some sixty branches 
and individuals sent offerings for 
the Building Fund, amounting to 
about $350.00, one hundred dol- 
lars of which was the gift of an 
•individual. Gradually " the Fund 
has grown,, until at the present 
writing, just about one year from 

the time the first appeal was 
made, it amounts to almost 

We have aimed to secure 
$1200.00 as the least that would 
build and furnish a simple cottage 
for the use of the mission work- 
ers. We had hoped to have un- 
dertaken the erection of the build- 
ing by this time, but it was 
thought best to have at least 
three-fourths of the total amount 
on hand before letting any con- 
tracts as it is the earnest desire to 
keep out of debt in this undertak- 
ing. Consequently there is being 
made just at this time this deter- 
mined effort to secure .the remain- 
ing $500, or as much as posisble 
of it, before the opening of spring 
so that- when the active work of 
the Mission is again begun at that 
-time, the -securing- of. a -suitable 

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residence for the mission workers 
may proceed without delay, at 
least financially. 

Two of the volunteer workers 
from Wilmington, N. C, who 
were at Glendale Springs last 
summer, have, during the winer, 
contributed on different occasions 
articles to the "Carolina Church- 
man," from which the following is 
quoted : 

"Much has been said and written 
about the work at Glendale 
Springs, but I having been one of 
the workers for the greater part 
of the past year, would like to add 
a few words. 

"Glendale Springs is one of the 
Valle Crucis Associate Missions. 
It is a rich field, certainly one 
which the Church cannot afford 
to neglect. With few exceptions 
the people do not need material 
help, but they do need to be 
shown how to use their many ad- 
vantages. There is a great need 
for spiritual help and guidance, 
and how are they to receive it 
without the Church, and how is 
the Church to give it without the 
prayers and support of its mem- 
bers. In saying that the people do 
not need material aid, do not un- 
derstand that the Mission can be 
conducted .without financial sup- 
port; $575.00 is needed immedi- 
ately to complete the building 
fund for the new Mission house. 

"There is now a branch of the 
Woman's Auxiliary with a mem- 

bership of ten ; the Young Wo- 
man's and Junior Auxiliary, each 
numbering about twenty mem- 
bers. Of course these branches 
are not confined to Church mem- 
bers, for as yet the membership 
is small. Great interest was 
shown in the meetings as some of 
the women arrived several hours 
before the appointed time, invar- 
iably bringing several children 
with them. It was a pleasure to 
have the people come to the Mis- 
sion as often as they did, showing 
that they felt at home and that 
they had a share in the work. It 
was indeed interesting to watch 
the children enjoy the books and 
games which were kept for their 

"Through the aid of several 
Auxiliaries and Societies there 
was a Christmas tree for the Sun- 
day school. Great was the excite- 
ment on Wednesday afternoons 
when the Young Woman's Auxil- 
iary met to dress dolls for the lit- 
tle girls' Christmas. The children 
were not permitted to see the 
dolls and many were the wistful 
glances directed towards the win- 
dows. The Junior Auxiliary 
made various articles as presents 
for their mothers; thus teaching 
the children the spirit of giving... 

"The Sunday school was weM 
attended — from elderly men and 
women down to babes in arms 
came during the varying weather, 
and many were the calls for the 

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loan of prayer books and hym- 
nals. The questions asked showed 
that much thought had been 
spent on various subjects. 
• "We have quite a nice library 
which is much enjoyed by old 
and young. A little boy of five 
came recently and asked for a 
book which he could "sutdy at 
nights," as he expressed it. 

"Much of the success of the 

work is due to Miss Virginia 
Mitchell, who laid such a splen- 
did foundation during her stay at 

"The need of the Church's in- 
fluence is very great. Will you 
not help to make it possible for 
Holy Trinity Mission at Glendale 
Springs to be a permanently es- 
tablished Mission? 


"Tell me something of the work 
at Glendale," I have been asked 
by every one since I came home 
from Holy Trinity Mission in the 
fall. Would I might show it all 
so plainly that each one would be 
doubly interested in this wonder- 
ful work and humbly thankful for 
the privilege of helping in it. 
This summer we had three volun- 
teer workers, which made the 
work seem much more alive and 
left the regular worker more time 
for her outside duties. 

We had our own work to do, 
cooking and house work, as ser- 
vants are unknown quantities 
there, our water to draw from an 
old-fashioned well and carry 
either to the kitchen or upstairs 
to our rooms, and, at first, our 
wood to split. 

■ After September the first we 
had very little trouble getting this 
heavy work done, as the crops 

were nearly all worked and ripen- 
ing, and boys were at leisure. 
Our school was a joy to us as the 
children were so obedient and 
anxious to learn. 

We practised singing hymns 
for a little while in the Church 
each morning, then marched over 
to the school house where we 
opened school with the Lord's 
prayer and memorized part of a 

We learned the 23rd, 21st and 
several others. 

We bought our corn and "tot- 
ed" it to mill ourselves and then 
reveled in the delicious corn- 
bread made from really fresh 

Breakfast came at 7:30, then 
our housework, and school at 9. 
On three days in each week we 
had a sewing class for the girls 
and began raphia work with the 
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The Mission Quarterly 

Issued March, June, September and 

25 Cents Per Year. 

The Rev. J. Norton Atkins, Manager. 
Address, Arden, N. C. 

Please send all communications and 
contributions to the address given 


"In the evening and morning 
and at noonday will I pray, and 
that instantly; and He shall hear 
my voice." 

MORNING: For the Valle 
Crucis Associate Mission. 

O God, Holy Ghost, Sanctifier 
of the faithful, visit we pray Thee 
with Thy love and favor, the con- 
gregations, Clergy and Lay-work- 
ers in the District of Asheville 
(especially in the Valle Crucis 
Associate Mission) ; enlighten our 
minds more and more with the 
light of the everlasting gospel; 
graft in our hearts a love of Thy 
truth ; increase in us true religion ; 
nourish us in all goodness; and of 
Thy great mercy keep us in the 
same, O blessed Spirit, whom with 
the Father and the Son together, 
we worship and glorify as one 
God, world without end. Amen. 

Our Father. 


"Thy Kingdom come." 


O God, who hast made of one 
blood all nations of men to dwell 
on the face of the whole earth, 

and didst send Thy blessed Son to 
preach peace to them that are far 
off, and to them that are nigh. 
Grant that all men everywhere 
may seek after Thee and find 
Thee. Bring the nations into 
Thy fold and add the heathen to 
Thine inheritance. And we pray 
Thee shortly to accomplish the 
number of Thine elect and to has- 
ten Thy kingdom ; through the 
same Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Our Father. 

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boys which I believe will prove 
a great success. 

Dinner at 1 :30 and at 3 o'clock 
on Wednesdays embroidery class 
for the older girls, every other 
fair day we went visiting, meet- 
in the people in their own homes. 

This last was a joy always as 
we loved the walks through the 
quiet woods, "lifting up our eyes 
unto the hills from whence cometh 
our help," and being welcomed 
always by the people with open 

These people of Ashe county 
were as good to us as they could 
be, kindly, courteous and open 
heartedly generous, giving us of 
their best apples, vegetables or to- 
matoes which were very scarce 
and a great treat at the Mission 

If we went in the afternoon we 

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were always urged to spend the 

There is a quiet dignity about 
many of these mountain people 
which is often mistaken for stol- 
idness, but when one gains their 
confidence the masks are dropped 
and the golden hearts show true. 
To us they seem very ignorant of 
a great many things and yet do 
we live as truly by the light 
vouchsafed us as they do, I won- 
der? They are so childishly open 
in their vices that almost it seems 
"What, being hid is sin, done 
openly becomes no sin." 

They want us to stay and are 
anxious to learn what we have to 
teach them, their regret being 
keen when they thought the Mis- 
sion was to be closed. 

Owing to the fact that the 
minister-in-charge was unable to 
secure a permanent worker at 
once, Miss McCollough came 
back with us after our visit to 
Foscoe and took charge until the 
arrival of Miss Adams who will 
be at Glendale until January when 
our lease expires. These visits to 
Valle Crucis and Foscoe were of 
intense interest to us for we 
found, especially at The Valle, the 
realization of what, in Glendale, 
we are praying and working for, 
the establishment of a living, 
working community with Christ 
at the head of it and His Church 
the steward. 

The idea of taking us to the 

Valle was splendid for it gave us 
the help of seeing what others had 
accomplished and meeting those 
who were instrumental in the ac- 

Never shall I forget the quiet 
joy of those hours in The Valley 
of the Cross! Mr. Cox from our 
own beloved Wilmington was 
with us and Monday morning 
August 29th we went through the 
dewy orchard down to the little 
Chapel where he celebrated the 
Holy Communion for the workers 
in the Valley Crucis Associate 
Missions, giving us a most beau- 
tiful heart-talk on the meaning 
of this Holy Sacrament. It was 
one of the "high places" we reach 
a few times in our lives when the 
world things slip away and leave 
us face to face with ourselves and 
vastly dissatisfied with what we 
see; knowing we should be so 
much more perfect, "Even as He 
is perfect." 

Thos who "draw near" to par- 
take of the Blessed Sacrament to- 
gether at such a time come closer 
to each other than is possible un- 
der any other circumstances and 
form a bond never to be broken 
throughout eternity. 

We Glendale workers went 
back refreshed and strengthened 
from this loving communion with 
our fellow laborers to strive hard- 
er than ever in our own field. That 
field is a wonderful one I assure 


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Through the splendid work of 
Miss Mitchell we have a strong 
hold on the people and the aband- 
onment of this station would be 
most disastrous to the ultimate 
success of the Church in this com- 
munity. Through the generosity 
of a lady in New Jersey the stip- 
end for the worker for 1910-1911 
has been provided and now our 
great need is a new and perma- 
nent mission house. 

The proposed plan is for a very 
simple house but it seemed an un- 
told joy to us in its coziness and 
convenience after the awful barn- 
like, half finished house we have 
been occupying. The people said 
our house was -'hanted" and one 
could well believe it as one lis- 
tened to the howling of the wind 
and the sepulchral groans and 
shrieks or the creaking timbers in 
the wee small hours of the night. 

As far as we personally found 
the only "hants" were inconven- 
ience and coldness but these nois- 
es at night were fearsome indeed 
to a city bred girl who was ner- 
vous anyway after an attack of 
typhoid. The kitchen was in the 
yard and we ate in one end of it 
to save time and steps. 

Thanks to these generous don- 
ors we will need only a stove for 
the new kitchen, and we also have 
china, silver, linen, for both bed 
and table, and pretty cotton com- 
forts but no other furnishings. 

Of course we intend to make a 

great many things there as we 
have plenty of timber on our ten 
acre lot and the labor for cutting 
and sawing it has been promised. 

The people there have no 
money but they have subscribed 
liberally their time, teams and la- 
bor to clear the ground, cut the 
timber and build the house. 

They are not ignorant heathen 
but a great many have had such 
garbled interpretations of the" Bi- 
ble presented to them that their 
beliefs are almost sacriligious, and 
we have to begin at the very A. 
B. C. of Bible History. One man 
told us when we asked him if he 
were the Baptist preacher "Wal, 
thet's abouart whut I pass fer;" 
and he was "a powaful exhorter !" 

Another said, "I don't believe in 
ejicatin preacher caze Gaud say'd 
He'd put the words in they 
mouth. I had heard that belief 
before and was enabled to give 
him. a little light on the subject. 

Again I was told, "Preachers 
don't need no edijicating; the 
'Postles warn't edijicated." 

My answer here was, "We are 
told that all Jews were taught in 
the Synagogue" and besides that 
they were taught by our Blessed 
Lord "all things which were ex- 
pedient." Do you not think it 
would be the grandest education 
in the world to be taught of Jesus 
Christ Himself." 

He went away thinking more 
deeply than ever before for this 

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had never occurred to him nor 
had he ever been taught. 

At Sunday School one morning 
I was showing the pictures in. my 
Bible to a little girl about four- 
teen years old and spoke of the 
Jews, then said. "Do you know 
what Jews are? I do not believe 
you have any up here." "Yes 
marm, we do," he whispered"; 
very different from the self-as- 
sured city children are these 
quiet, shy little ones of the hills. 
They are taught that it is not nice 
to talk "big," or loud, before their 
elders and they obey their teach- 
ers almost implicitly. "Why I 
have not seen any Jews since I 
came up. Where are they" I 

"You mean jew (dew) comes 
up nights on grass?" the little one 

Do you see where we must be- 

How can a mind absolutely 
without the commonest facts of 
history grasp the mighty truths 
of life? 

The foundation must be laid in 
the minds of the children that 
their children perhaps can come, 
into "the full knowledge and un- 
derstanding of the Law." And 
the only way to teach them is to 
have a worker stay with them. 
Shall we keep this worker and our 
beloved Church there or shall we 
give up and forsake them? The 
Board of Misions cannot build a 

mission house at Glendale • and 
Bishop Horner has a larger bur- 
den now than mortal ought to 
bear so. here js;Our opportunity, to 
put our shoulder to the wheel and 

I know a Presbyterian in this 
town. who supports a missionary 
in the Far East and another who 
is giving -Ivis time and brain on the 
committee at Qlendale-. and .-also 
libera-lly-in money. 

Another noble woman in this 
field not only gives her services 
the year around but pays board 
for the blessed privilege of shar- 
ing in our Lord's work. 

What will you do? 

The Juniors of St. John's have 
done nobly and we want Wil- 
mington to feel a very close inter- 
est in this station and take it for 
her own special work to see that 
the house is built. 

It seems dreadful that we must 
beg and beg for the means of car- 
rying on His work but houses can 
not be built and people fed on 
nothing and money is abolutely 
necesary as few workers can sup- 
port themselves and give their 

We need your prayers too my 
friends as much as we need your 

Could you give up the moving 
pictures a few nights, or possibly 
the cold drink you feel you must 
have or even a new dress which 
is not absolutely necessary. Think 


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it over and remember that, "It is 
more blessed to give than to re- 
ceive." And that "blessedness" 
brings with it peace unthinkable 

when we have made a real sacri- 
fice for Him as some slight token 
of our appreciation of His loving 
kindness to us. 

M. L. C. 

These extracts tell something 
of the work as it has been carried 
on at Glendale Springs, and the 
need for the permanent establish- 
ment of the Mission there. 

Will not those who read the 
Quarterly make this work an ob- 

ject of special prayer during the 
Lenten season, that it may be 
maintained and carried on to the 
glory of God and the salvation of 
many souls, and perchance the op- 
portunity and privilege of making 
an Easter offering will recom- 
mend itself to the readers.